Best of New Zealand - 15 Days
Day 1: Auckland
On arrival in Auckland, 'The City of Sails', seat in coach passengers will be met by a local representative and privately transferred to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: Auckland
Breakfast. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland city including a visit to Kelly Tarlton's Sealife Aquarium and Antarctic Encounter. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight.
Day 3: Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua
Breakfast. Travel south through the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Continue over the Mamaku Ranges to reach the 'Thermal City' of Rotorua. Overnight.
Day 4: Rotorua
Breakfast. Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers. Visit Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand's trout, birds and wildlife before continuing to the Agrodome for a farm show featuring sheep dog demonstrations, cow milking and an introduction to the stars of the sheep industry. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) and concert. Overnight.
Day 5: Rotorua – Wellington
Breakfast. Travel south to the popular lake resort of Taupo before continuing on the Desert Road, dominated by the three peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Continue south through farmland to the 'Capital City' of Wellington. Overnight.
Day 6: Wellington
Breakfast. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Wellington and a short guided tour of Te Papa (the 'Museum of New Zealand') before enjoying a free afternoon to explore New Zealand's capital city. Overnight.
Day 7: Wellington – Picton – Kaikoura
Breakfast. Drive across Cook Strait, which separates the North and South Islands to the Marlborough Sounds with sparkling clear waters and lush forests to Picton. Travel south through Blenheim to Kaikoura where you can take an optional whale watch cruise or scenic flight. Optional activities not included in tour price. Overnight.
Day 8: Kaikoura - Christchurch
Breakfast. Travel through North Canterbury to the 'Garden City' of Christchurch. Overnight.
Day 9: Christchurch – Mt. Cook – Queenstown
Breakfast. Travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing to New Zealand's highest mountain - Mt Cook. Then follow the shores of Lake Pukaki through the Central Otago region to the 'Alpine Resort' of Queenstown. Overnight.
Day 10: Milford Sound
Breakfast. Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls. Return to Queenstown. Overnight.
Day 11: Queenstown
Breakfast. Day is free to explore optional attractions like bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. Optional activities not included in the tour price. Overnight.
Day 12: Queenstown – Glacier Region
Breakfast. Travel via Lake Wanaka and through the historic Haast Pass, gateway to the World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Overnight.
Day 13: Glacier Region
Breakfast. The day is at leisure to explore this magnificent glacier region. Optional activities include a scenic flight or guided walk on one of the glaciers. Optional activities not included in the tour price. Overnight.
Day 14: Glacier Region – Greymouth - Christchurch
Breakfast. Travel north to Greymouth and board the world famous Tranz Alpine Train (seat in coach passengers only). Ascend through lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur's Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. Travel over Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Overnight.
Day 15: Christchurch
Breakfast. Departure transfer for your flight back home.